Here is list of good to great independent and/or low budget flicks. All movies made on a budget of $20,000,000 or less. In no particular order:
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. (77 mins.)
“ $7,000 - Abe, it's my garage, okay? It's not like they're paying rent. ” - BulletProofPoet
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
“ $60,000 - Restate my assumptions: One, Mathematics is the language of nature. Two, Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. Three: If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature. ” - BulletProofPoet
Lost in Translation
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (102 mins.)
“ $4,000,000 - You're probably just having a mid-life crisis. Did you buy a Porsche yet? ” - BulletProofPoet
The Usual Suspects
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
“ $6,000,000 - That guy is tense. Tension is a killer. I used to be in a barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois. The baritone was this guy named Kip Diskin, big fat guy, I mean, like, Orca fat. ” - BulletProofPoet
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ $5,000,000 - I always thought the joy of reading a book is not knowing what happens next. ” - BulletProofPoet
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
“ $15,000,000 - OK honey, I won't be weird. I'll be whatever what you want me to be. ” - BulletProofPoet
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
“ $5,000,000 - Stevie, I haven't slept in a year. ” - BulletProofPoet
American History X
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
“ $10,000,000 - Well, this country is becoming a haven for criminals so what do you expect? You know, decent hard-working Americans like my dad are getting rubbed out by social parasites. ” - BulletProofPoet
Requiem for a Dream
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ $4,500,000 - What's the matter, you particular all the sudden? ” - BulletProofPoet
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
“ $4,500,000 (Watch the theatrical version) - 28 days... 6 hours... 42 minutes... 12 seconds. That... is when the world... will end. ” - BulletProofPoet
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)
“ $1,000,000 - I read the Bible quite a bit. I can't understand all of it, but I reckon I understand a good deal of it. Them stories you and Mama told me ain't in there. You ought not done that to your boy. I studied on killing you. Studied on it quite a bit. But I reckon there ain't no need for it if all you're gonna do is sit there in that chair. You'll be dead soon enough and the world 'll be shut of ya. You ought not killed my little brother, he should've had a chance to grow up. He woulda had fun some time. ” - BulletProofPoet
A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television. (103 mins.)
“ $50,000 - I'm sorry. I couldn't trust anybody. I went looking for you. I couldn't find *beep* Everybody's either dead, dying, or completely flipped. Mad. Crazy. ” - BulletProofPoet
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
“ $6,000,000 - I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got. ” - BulletProofPoet
The Blair Witch Project
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ $60,000 - OK, here's your motivation. You're lost, you're angry in the woods, and no one is here to help you. There's a witch and she keeps leaving *beep* outside your door. There's no one here to help you! She left little trinkets, you took one of them, she ran after us. There's no one here to help you! We walked for 15 hours today, we ended up in the same place! There's no one here to help you, THAT'S your motivation! THAT'S YOUR MOTIVATION! ” - BulletProofPoet
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
“ $20,000,000 - Can you hear me? I don't want this any more! I want to call it off! ” - BulletProofPoet
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
“ $10,000,000 - Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler... ” - BulletProofPoet
The Big Lebowski
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
“ $15,000,000 - Maude Lebowski: What do you do for recreation?
The Dude: Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback. ” - BulletProofPoet
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
“ $350,000 - The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go. ” - BulletProofPoet
“ $13,000,000 - Guy in Restaurant: 'Scuse me.
John Malkovich: Mm-hmm?
Guy in Restaurant: Are you John Malkovich?
John Malkovich: Yes, I am.
Guy in Restaurant: Wow! You're really, uh, great in that movie...
John Malkovich: Oh?
Guy in Restaurant: ...where you play that retard.
John Malkovich: Oh, thank you very much. Thank you.
Guy in Restaurant: I have a cousin... who's a retard.
John Malkovich: Oh, thank you.
Guy in Restaurant: Yeah. So, um... as you might imagine, it... means a lot to me to see... retards... portrayed, uh, on the silver screen so compassionately.
John Malkovich: Well, thank you very much, I appreciate it. ” - BulletProofPoet
The Evil Dead
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
“ $350,000 - I know now that my wife has become host to a Kandarian demon. I fear that the only way to stop those possessed by the spirits of the book is through the act of... bodily dismemberment. ” - BulletProofPoet
Evil Dead II
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
“ $3,600,000 - Then let's head on down into that cellar and carve ourselves a witch. ” - BulletProofPoet
Night of the Living Dead
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ $114,000 - They're coming to get you, Barbara! ” - BulletProofPoet
An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale. (95 mins.)
“ $7,500,000 - Well, it might have taken me quite a while to get this point, Mr. Finster, but now that I'm here, I'm going to make the most of it. This is who I am, and this is what I want to do. ” - BulletProofPoet
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
“ $6,400,000 - I'll be back. ” - BulletProofPoet
“ $1,800,000 - Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks. ” - BulletProofPoet
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
“ $10,000,000 - Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an 'orrible *beep* me. ” - BulletProofPoet